Many travelers who visit the Sunshine State, likely choose to visit places like Disney World, Miami, or even the Everglades due to their popularity. However, one of Florida’s most scenic places isn’t one tourist’s are likely familiar with. Located in central Florida and an hour away from Orlando, Mount Dora offers visitors a family-friendly atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy the sun. Without further ado, here are five reasons why Mount Dora is Florida’s hidden gem:
1. Mount Dora Lighthouse
Mount Dora Lighthouse is a must-see if you’re visiting the beautiful city of Mount Dora.
Just a short stroll from downtown Mount Dora you’ll see the picturesque views of the lakefront at Elizabeth Evans Park and also enjoy the sights of Mount Dora Marina. It’s a great family fun adventure; you could even ride around on a segway!
That’s right, segway tours around Mount Dora lighthouse are available for those who want to enjoy the scenic sights from a different perspective. Catboat Adventure Tours, are also available in which you can drive your own boat and see the charming views. Narration and historical information are provided on the tour, so it’s equally as fun as it is informative about past events, perfect for any family event!
2. Palm Island Boardwalk
The Palm Island Boardwalk offers visitors sights to remember. With eight acres of natural preservation land, visitors can enjoy a tasty treat at one of the three picnic pavilions, walk through the nature trails, or stroll on the lengthy boardwalk.
While walking on the boardwalk, visitors are likely to see the beautiful waterside of Lake Dora or spot wildlife creatures in their natural habit. Who knows you might even see an American Alligator!
While its charming views of the sunset are perfect to view with your significant other, it’s family-fun atmosphere is what makes Palm Island Boardwalk an attraction to remember.
3. The Royal Railway Experience
This is one activity you don’t want to miss! Provided by the Orlando and Northwestern Railway, the Royal Railway Experience offers customers excursions including family fun activities to adult-only themed rides.
Some of the more popular rides include the Pizza Train, Murder on the Royal Palm, The Polar Express train ride, and the Royal Wine Limited train. These train rides provide customers with customary dining selections, entertainment for all, and unique interactive experiences!
While pricing can sometimes change depending on the season; however, normally children 12 and under ride for free. Whether you’re looking to kill some time or searching for a fun activity for the family, this is one activity everyone will like!
4. Bed and Breakfast Inns
If you’re looking to stay in Mount Dora, there is no better place than one of Mount Dora’s bed and breakfast inns.
Filled with warm-hearted charm and cozy living quarters, Mount Dora is home to about a dozen bed and breakfast inns, which offer visitors a range of options from quaint and quirky to luxurious and grand. Some bed and breakfast inns accommodate travelers with pet-friendly options and convenient living spaces for every type of family.
While other bed and breakfast inns are suited to serve adult couples and small families. Whether your passing through or sighting seeing, consider staying at one of Mount Dora’s highly rated bed and breakfast inns, it will make your vacation all the more special!
5. Antique Shopping
For those who love to shop for antiques, Mount Dora is a must stop! Since Florida’s Antique Trail travels right through Mount Dora, it offers visitors a chance to stop at various antique shops, and malls, providing travelers with the perfect adventure for antiques.
One mall, in particular, Renninger’s Antique Center, presents customers with lavish events throughout the year such as cars and guitars shows. While they’re open to the public, an entry fee may apply in some events.
However, Renninger’s Antique Center also features two separate areas, one completely designated for antiquing while the other is a flea market. While not everyone may enjoy the specifics of antiquing, although searching through a shop or walking through the one the various malls could be an entertaining date!
Now that you know some of Mount Dora’s perks, check it out and visit it for yourself, trust me you won’t be disappointed!